Justice For Young Justice: How YOU Can Make Season 3 Happen

Young Justice
A promotional image for Young Justice

In 2013, a great tragedy befell the DC fandom. For in this year, Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series came to an end – only to be replaced with the grossly inferior Teen Titans Go! and Beware the Batman.

It was an end unforeseen by those familiar and new to the show’s diverse cast and universe. All of us, led astray by two of the worst cliffhangers ever broadcasted on Cartoon Network.

Dramatic much?

Well, fellow fans know where I’m coming from – and if you haven’t already started either series, what are you waiting for? Binging is the very thing to do in order to give at least one of these shows the conclusion it deserves.

Artemis and Kid Flash
Wally West (Kid Flash) and Artemis Crock bickering like an old married couple.
Miss Martian and Superboy
M’gann M’orzz (Miss Martian) and Connor Kent (Superboy) working together.

As much as I’d love to see more of DC’s television series given new life, if I had to choose just ONE to receive said treatment, I’d pick Young Justice in a heartbeat. This show alongside the ongoing Steven Universe are the only western cartoons I actively followed week after week. It was a show that taught me how to be my best self, my own hero, and to never fear the qualities that make me, me. Cheesy, I know. Yet, Young Justice still manages to hold up as a more mature version of the original Teen Titans in which we partake in the danger, excitement, and mundane of the superhero lifestyle. On top of tension. Lots and lots of sexual tension.

While Teen Titans succeeded in balancing character development and slapstick, the main heroes always felt more like caricatures of teenagers than those of Young Justice. Aqualad, Kid Flash, Robin, Superboy, Miss Martian, and Artemis were presented as people struggling with their own weaknesses first and foremost. Even with an ever growing cast, the show managed to tell a coherent narrative with plenty of heart.

Jaime Reyes
Jaime Reyes discovering the source behind his superpowers.

A few months ago, there was talk of reviving the show by streaming a third season via Netflix. There were also age-old rumors that Young Justice was cancelled in the first place due to not having sold enough products to its (COUGH, COUGH) female viewers. According to one of the original showrunners, Greg Wiesman, both are somewhat true. Due to the show’s budget being dictated by Mattel, its survival completely depended on how well its corresponding toy line did. One thing led to another, and the show abruptly ended with the conclusion of Blue Beetle’s arc – an arc that, albeit entertaining, left us with more questions than answers.

The Light
The Light meeting with the alien Reach.

If you’d like to know what exactly The Light had in store at the end of Season 2, Weisman advises fans to binge the first two seasons on Netflix as well as buy Young Justice comics and toys so as to prove the show has an audience. For those on social media, be sure to keep #KeepBingingYJ and #BuyYJBluRaysDVDs trending. Remember: with every hashtag, we get closer and closer to having everyone’s favorite half-demon appear in the show.

A fangirl can dream, can’t she?

For those who’ve already seen the show, I recommend giving these standalone episodes another watch. Perhaps, it’ll serve as a pleasant reminder of what the superhero genre used to stand for:

“Welcome to Happy Harbor” (Season 1 – Episode 3)

“Homefront” (Season 1 – Episode 12)

“Revelation” (Season 1 – Episode 14)

“Failsafe” (Season 1 – Episode 16)

“Disordered” (Season 1 – Episode 17)

“Secrets” (Season 1 – 18)

“Usual Suspects” (Season 1 – 25)

“Auld Acquaintance” (Season 1 – 26)

“Beneath” (Season 2 – Episode 5)

“Runaways” (Season 2 – Episode 14)

What would you look most forward to if Young Justice were given a third season? Leave a comment in the section below.

2 thoughts on “Justice For Young Justice: How YOU Can Make Season 3 Happen

  1. To add to that, if one is getting the YJ comics, make sure they’re digital comics, since DC receives direct profit from that, as opposed to physical issues.

    Though Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go! weren’t made to replace this and GL:TAS. Beware was actually pretty good, even though it was treated even worse than YJ was.

    1. Thank you for clarifying how DC’s comic sales work! Digital copies are also often favored by the artists due to their preservation of colors.

      In calling “Teen Titans Go!” and “Beware the Batman” replacements, I simply meant to convey that they were the shows that followed the titles in question. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of “Beware the Batman,” it definitely brought some interesting ideas to the table.

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